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The United Kingdom is home to the National Health Service (NHS), widely praised as one of the world's best public healthcare systems. The NHS is complemented by a wide range of excellent public hospitals, so expats moving to London need not worry about finding adequate care.
Not all expats will be immediately eligible to use the NHS, however, and some may have to pay a visa surcharge to do so. To find out more about this and how it affects their individual situation, expats should visit the UK government website.
While the quality of care in public and private hospitals is on par, the NHS is notorious for its long waiting times, and comprehensive dental treatment isn't covered. To bypass this, some expats prefer to use private healthcare. This can be expensive, though, so expats are advised to invest in a comprehensive health insurance policy to ensure that costs are covered.
Below is a list of some of London's top public and private hospitals.
Public hospitals in London
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Address: 369 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London
Address: Great Maze Pond, London
King's College Hospital
Address: Denmark Hill, Brixton, London
Royal Brompton Hospital
Address: Sydney Street, Chelsea, London
St Bartholemew's Hospital
Address: West Smithfield, London
Private hospitals in London
Address: 164-178 Cromwell Road, London
King Edward VII's Hospital
Address: 5-10 Beaumont Street
Highgate Private Hospital
Address: 17-19 View Road, Highgate, London
London Bridge Hospital
Address: 27 Tooley Street, London
The Princess Grace Hospital
Address: 42-52 Nottingham Place, Marylebone, London
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